Mobile broadband subscribers in Metro Manila enjoy faster internet speeds than in four other largest cities in the Philippines, according to London-based Opensignal, an independent mobile analytics company.
Opensignal, in its analysis of download and upload speed experience in five of the Philippines largest cities, found that Metro Manila beat out Angeles, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu and Davao in both metrics—in many cases by very large margins.
“Users in Manila have a distinct mobile broadband speed advantage over their counterparts in other Filipino cities,” the report said.
Opensignal said the metro area is by far the largest urban zone in the Philippines.
“We expect speeds to be faster in cities than in the country as a whole. But in this case, one city in the Philippines is much faster than the rest—and the differences in speed are quite large,” it said.
“Our users found that in Manila the average overall download speed of 11.6 Mbps [megabits per second] was 47 percent faster than in Angeles, 73 percent faster than in Davao and Cebu and 81 percent better than in Cagayan de Oro,” it said.
It said that in terms of upload speed experience, the distance between Manila and the other cities was not quite as large, but it was still significant.
“Our users in Manila experienced overall upload speeds of 3.4 Mbps, which was 26 percent higher than the average upload speed experience in Angeles and at least 36 percent higher than the average for Cebu, Davao and Cagayan de Oro,” it said.
Opensignal said operators typically focus their infrastructure and capacity upgrades on the country’s largest cities as it allows them to target a large portion of their potential customer base in relatively compact areas.
“Also as wealthy and tech-savvy consumers are generally concentrated in cities, they make excellent candidates for the introduction of new services and technologies,” it said.
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